A gadget is a tool that makes numbers, words, or phrases and turns them into diagrams, charts, maps and processes. There is no such term as gadget in Microsoft Excel. In Google Docs there is gadgets.

Example gadgets:

1. Map of addresses in a geographic location

2. Pie chart to show visual percentages of a certain group

3. Bar graph that reveals statistical trends

4. Line graph that indicate financial analysis

5. Translation from English phrases into Spanish phrases

Gadgets let you do more than what you can do with Excel. My suggestion is to create your data in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and upload into Google Docs. Once the data is selected choose, Insert Gadget, to determine how the data will be used in the Gadget.

Use the tools you have
Use the tools you have

Your choices are to:

1. Publish gadget within the spreadsheet

2. Publish the gadget to a new worksheet

I prefer the latter.

Play with this and have some fun. You will be able to take real numbers, addresses, names, and terms and show them in a unique way that people will understand and appreciate the creativity. Don’t forget that these spreadsheets can be published within a website or a blog.

You must be using Google Docs to create gadgets.


Organizations bring in Doug Devitre when they want to dramatically improve marketing, productivity, and sales performance with the latest technology. He is changing the way consultants consult, coaches coach, and trainers train professionals with his creative approach to using technology focused on business outcomes. The University of Missouri-Columbia Business School Entrepreneur of the Year, National Association of Realtors Business Specialties Hall of Fame Educator, and Certified Speaking Professional of the National Speakers Association brings a power-packed, innovative punch to managing organizational change outlined in his latest book Screen to Screen Selling™ : How to Increase Sales, Productivity, and the Customer Experience With the Latest Technology. Now Doug is focused on creating thought leadership on how businesses can use the Amazon Alexa platform to reduce operational costs and improve workplace productivity.

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